'The Big Bang Theory' Matches Its Largest Audience Ever

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November 9th, 2012

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"Big Bang Theory" is Thursday's #1 Show in Viewers and Adults 18-49


"Two and a Half Men" Hits Season High in Viewers and Matches Season-High

Adults 18-49 Rating


"Person of Interest" Also Posts Largest Audience of the Season, Winning Time Period in Viewers


"Elementary" Sweeps Time Period in Viewers and Key Demos


CBS Thursday Soars Over Same Night Last Year with Gains of +24% in Viewers, +14% in Adults 18-49 and +21% in Adults 25-54


THE BIG BANG THEORY matched its largest audience ever and equaled its season-high adults 18-49 rating, according to Nielsen preliminary live plus same day ratings for Thursday, Nov. 8.


TWO AND A HALF MEN delivered its largest audience of the season while matching its season-high adults 18-49 rating and PERSON OF INTEREST notched its largest audience of the season.


THE BIG BANG THEORY swept its time period, finishing first in households (10.4/16), viewers (16.54m), adults 25-54 (6.8/17), adults 18-49 (5.0/15) and adults 18-34 (3.5/15).  If the ratings hold, THE BIG BANG THEORY was the night's #1 program in households, viewers, adults 25-54, adults 18-49 and adults 18-34.   THE BIG BANG THEORY posted series-high household ratings, matched series-high viewer delivery, posted its best delivery in adults 25-54 since Feb. 9, 2012, and matched its season-high adult 18-49 performance.


TWO AND A HALF MEN was first in households (8.8/13), viewers (14.09m), adults 25-54 (5.6/13) and adults 18-49 (4.0/11).  TWO AND A HALF MEN posted its best viewers delivery since Dec. 12, 2011, its best adults 25-54 rating since Feb. 20, 2012 and matched its season-high adults 18-49 rating.


PERSON OF INTEREST was first in households (9.3/14), viewers (14.73m) and adults 25-54 (4.3/10), and was second in adults 18-49 (2.9/07).  PERSON OF INTEREST posted its best deliveries in households and viewers since March 8, 2012, matched its season-best adults 25-54 performance and matched its second-best adult 18-49 performance this season.


ELEMENTARY was first at 10:00 PM in households (7.0/12), viewers (10.73m), adults 25-54 (3.2/08) and adults 18-49 (2.2/06).  Compared to the last first-run, non-breakout episode (on Oct. 25), ELEMENTARY was up +3% in households (from 6.8/11), +7% in adults 25-54 (from 3.0/07), even in adults 18-49 and added +420,000 viewers (from 10.31m, +4%).

For the night, CBS was first in households (8.6/14), viewers (13.59m), adults 25-54 (4.6/10) and adults 18-49 (3.2/09).  Compared to the same night last year, CBS was up +24% in viewers, +14% in adults 18-49 and +21% in adults 25-54.


Updated Thursday ratings will be available later today.


  • Matt

    GO CBS! Big bang, TAAHM and POI were great!

  • carole

    I love POI. My new favorite show..

  • ron

    TBBT and 2 broke girls need the boost of the superbowl special episode but they used elementary instead :/ Those numbers are great!

  • Dat

    All numbers were great, except for Elementary. POI rises in total viewers, but I wish it would go up in ratings as well. It’s been 2.9 for so long.

  • bsp

    Bazinga. Good episode last night. Jim Parsons is brilliant.

  • Bart

    “Big Bang” was extremely funny last evening – one of the few sitcoms that actually makes me laugh out loud!!

    “2 & 1/2 Men” continues to be amusing even after the loss of Charlie Sheen – moving it to Thursday after “TBBT” was a stroke of programming genius on CBS’ part.

  • Cain

    That’s what happens for Big Bang when it’s normal NBC competition is missing. 30 Rock/Community definitely put a dent into it.

  • Waxwork

    Go get Miley signed for a new comedy next fall.

  • bsp

    I’m not a Sheen fan, and I find 2.5 Men much better with Ashton.
    Miley has a lot of “haters” out there, but she has an amazing amount of experience (for her age) as a comedic actress… if she wants to do it, I think she could succeed.

  • Robbie Bishop

    “Person of Interest” was actually brilliant last night. Very well-acted, brilliantly directed, the story was intriguing, and the flashbacks were interesting; not annoying (which happened to “Lost”).
    Glad it’s doing well in viewers, hope and pray it starts picking up some in the demo.

    “Elementary” is really starting to grow on me. I love Miller’s portrayal of Sherlock; he’s quirky and energetic, and it’s always a blast to see him putting things together.
    The best thing about “Elementary” is that it doesn’t try to be a procedural. It wants to be different, and it succeeds (to me, of course).

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